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Paris climate change deal: new draft cuts through key sticking points

French foreign minister says Paris talks are ‘extremely close’ to agreement but negotiations will overrun into Saturday. Negotiators in Paris are within reach of a global agreement to curb greenhouse emissions to 2030 and beyond, with the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, saying the meeting was “extremely close to the finishing line” as he presented…

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The Paris climate summit at a glance

What is the summit about? Reaching a new global deal on cutting carbon emissions beyond 2020 and agreeing financing to help poorer countries cope with climate change. When and where is it? Paris’s north-eastern suburb of Le Bourget, from 30 November to 11 December. Who’s going? 195 countries are attending, and at least 138 leaders…

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Clean energy is the key to a successful climate deal in Paris, says top scientist

Carbon economy will ultimately implode because ‘nothing can compete with renewables’, says Prof John Schellnhuber. Catastrophic global warming can be avoided with a deal at a crunch UN climate change summit in Paris this December because “ultimately nothing can compete with renewables”, according to one of the world’s most influential climate scientists. Most countries have…

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Pacific islands make last-ditch plea to world before Paris climate change talks

‘Unless the world acts decisively in coming weeks, the Pacific as we know it is doomed,’ says Fijian prime minister Frank Bainimarama. Amid the rustling palm trees, blissed newlyweds and colourful attire of a tropical island resort, Pacific leaders have been getting blunt with wealthy nations about the unfolding calamity of climate change that is…

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Rise of the smart farm: get ready for satellite-controlled cows

From tracking cows and Peruvian asparagus to monitoring harmful algae blooms, satellites offer the food industry valuable information. The first successful weather satellite, TIROS-1, was launched in 1960. The images, though a bit blurry, picked up a typhoon 1,000 miles east of Australia. This satellite only lasted 78 days in orbit but it showed the…

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World leaders to attend Paris climate summit

At least 80 world leaders, including Barack Obama, Xi Jinping, David Cameron and Narendra Modi, will join talks aiming to forge a new global climate deal. At least 80 world leaders, including Barack Obama, Xi Jinping, David Cameron and Narendra Modi, will attend a summit tasked with agreeing a global climate pact in Paris in…

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How keeping cool is ​making us hot​​ – video animation

Cold temperatures are essential to modern life. The cold is central to how we eat, breathe and use medicine. But cooling causes four times more emissions than all of the aviation on Earth. As the planet warms with climate change, we’ll need to change our century-old and polluting technology, because we need to stay cold.…

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World set to use more energy for cooling than heating

Rising demand for air conditioning and refrigeration threatens to make planet hotter and undermine pledges to rein in emissions. The world faces a looming and potentially calamitous “cold crunch”, with demand for air conditioning and refrigeration growing so fast that it threatens to smash pledges and targets for global warming. Worldwide power consumption for air…

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New IPCC chief calls for fresh focus on climate solutions, not problems

Hoesung Lee says change of tack for UN climate science body is needed to galvanise global action on emissions reductions. The new leader of the world’s most authoritative climate science body has declared it’s time researchers shifted away from tracking the impacts of climate change – and focused instead on finding solutions. In his first…

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Future perfect: resilience challenge winners tackle perennial problems

Public-private initiative funds innovative solutions to development challenges affecting some of world’s most marginalised people. From planning and building roads in the Horn of Africa to helping Filipino coconut farmers get more accurate weather forecasts, eight teams of experts have started tackling some of the world’s most intractable development challenges after winning up to $1m…

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